On the Nomination PN48: John Owen Brennan, of Virginia, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Date:

Mar 7, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #32
113th Congress

Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 63
 
 
 
63%
49 13 1
  Nay 34
 
 
 
34%
2 31 1
Not Voting 3
 
 
 
3%
2 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “Aye” or “Yea”?

“Aye” and “Yea” mean the same thing, and so do “No” and “Nay”. Congress uses different words in different sorts of votes.

The U.S. Constitution says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). Congress takes this literally and uses “yea” and “nay” when voting on the final passage of bills.

All Senate votes use these words. But the House of Representatives uses “Aye” and “No” in other sorts of votes.